I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Omnific Publishing on July 19th, 2011
Genres: Angels, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: blog tours
When Candra Ember wakes up in hospital after a dangerous encounter with a red-haired woman, she is shocked to discover that seeing a winged boy wasn’t her imagination. Candra is exposed to a world of rivalry and sacrifice she never knew existed, and the aftermath of a war to save humanity thousands of years ago. Soon she finds herself relentlessly stalked by Sebastian, a beautiful and arrogant Watcher Angel and romantically pursued by his darkly seductive rival, Draven. Ultimately, dubious about her own goodness, Candra’s very existence compromises a tentative peace in the city of Acheron.
Another fallen angel story, so what makes Ember different? Well I can honestly say this book is very passionate, very detailed. These fallen angels have the power of persuasion and they use it on poor Candra profusely. I don’t think I can provide a synopsis without revealing spoilers, so you will have to just trust the description below.
Candra can be a feisty little thing who can definitely stand her ground. I admired her depth of goodness when so many of the other characters were either bad or good, or somewhere in between. She’s definitely flawed, and definitely like any other normal young woman, meaning she sure gets lusty a lot. Who wouldn’t be when she has beautiful angels falling in love with her? Yes there’s a love triangle, and unlike other stories this one was rather fun and entertaining. (You’ll have to read it to believe me.) Sebastian seems condescending and superior, and Draken was charming yet untrustworthy. I sure hope there’s more to them in the next book
This is pretty hot and heavy as YA novels go, and I was surprised by it all. It got rather descriptive and I rather enjoyed it. This is definitely intended for a more mature YA audience. I kind of enjoyed the scenes, but I also did tend to role my eyes are cheesy quotes. There’s so many of them, I couldn’t pick or choose!
I was just as frustrated as Candra was when none of my questions were being answered! The history between the Grigorgi is told later on in the book. About 70 pages in, so if you’re impatient like I am, you should keep going until you get there. Trust me it gets better. It’s not your average angel story. It has different details changed here and there and it makes for a good read. Yet, I was still so lost. I wanted more of the history. I wanted more details about the angels and their stories. Character development on the other hand was rather detailed. Can I be picky and say it was soooo detailed? There was a lot of information to read through. There are paragraphs and paragraphs of the same thought process I thought it was a little winded and too long. The pacing was all over the place, and I felt it could have been more polished if it was more organized.
Carol Oates weaves a beautiful angel story with defined characters and a slow but moving plot. Ember will surely be a must-read on your Kindle.